Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

Beach report: California again among worst pollution offenders

California ranks 21st out of 30 states for beach water quality, and stormwater and sewage are to blame. SoCal counties continue making changes to alleviate hazards.

Getting the lead out of California Condors: A word from one of KPCC's own hunters

Thirty percent of all condors' blood samples each year revealed lead exposure that could cause reproductive and immune system problems.

Coastal commission stands behind Malibu Lagoon restoration

It's clear that opponents to the project perceive what's happening as an irredeemable destruction. It's also clear that the SMBRC and the Coastal Commission don't agree.

Tensions continue over Malibu Lagoon restoration

Restoration work at Malibu Lagoon continues even as opponents to the state-funded project claim illegal activity at the work site.

California sea level to rise 6 inches in 20 years

A report from the National Research Council projects six inches of sea level rise along southern California's coast within 20 years.

SoCalGas wants pipeline upgrades, but who pays for them?

California regulators stepped up scrutiny on natural gas pipelines after a deadly explosion in San Bruno in 2010. In territory served by SoCalGas, consumer advocates are raising questions about who should pay for pipeline upgrades.

Global warming could make Antarctica green again

Environmental scientists say we could see a repeat of climate conditions from a time when plants grew not far from the South Pole.

LADWP says 'Owengeti' a possible way to control lakebed dust

A patch of the Owens Dry Lake in the eastern Sierra is called "Owengeti" by some in the LADWP, after the African grass-woodland Serengeti. Both are beautiful.

Puma killed in Santa Monica related to northern mountain lions

New genetic information from the puma killed in Santa Monica last month sheds light on the health of the mountain lion population in the region.

Owens Dry Lake dispute turns into a mud fight

North of Los Angeles is Owens Lake: thousands of its neighbors have a stake in a lingering fight over its air pollution. So do customers of the LA Department of Water & Power.

Deep Springs College, male-only for nearly a century, plans to admit women

The institutional memory of Deep Springs is short. Its 20-year-old keepers sing while washing up after meals. Loud songs. Bieber. Women might soon join them.

Stephenie Glas, firefighter and Malibu Lagoon activist, dies at 37

A woman who was a passionate advocate for the restoration of Malibu Lagoon has died from what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Final agreement for Farmers Field set for end of June

Community groups, city planners and the developers are meeting over the next several weeks to resolve disputes over the proposed stadium.

Song of the Week: Beastie Boys' 'Negotiation Limerick File,' for Farmers Field mediation

Twenty groups that offered comments on the draft environmental impact report for Farmers Field have used their prerogative under SB 292 to request mediation with the city and with AEG about it.

Playing defense: what images of the Gulf of Mexico say about you and your natural disasters

Whether you're thinking about fire season or monsoon season or hurricane season, it's a good time to think about defenses, especially against natural disasters.